Playground Nests, Kukuk, 2004-2014

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It happens only rarely that I am impressed with a firm’s entire body of playground work.  But Stuttgart-based Kukuk, founded in 2004 by Bernhard Hanel and Robin Wagner,  takes the timber constructions that we are becoming familiar with as part of the natural playground movement to a whole new and imaginative level….so much so that I’ll be writing several  posts on their work.

Why?  Because these playgrounds, not the dumbed-down plastic platforms that have sprouted in our landscapes for far too long, are spaces that get a kid to put down her videogame.  We should be making more of them.  Kudos to Kukuk.

2 Responses to “Playground Nests, Kukuk, 2004-2014”

  1. Jay Beckwith said:

    I totally love this work. I did similar designs in the 70’s using peeler cores. There is a possible issue with safety standards regarding V-entrapments. This can be overcome to some degree when the log diameter is large enough. Of course that only suggests that we need to begin a concerted effort to change the ASTM standards. I think a Kick Starter campaign to raise money to fun a “citizen” member’s expenses is a possibility.

    May 14, 2014 at 1:51 pm

  2. Laura said:

    I love this company too! We met them a few years ago in Germany and just were so impressed with their designs and style. We continue to admire their work as well.

    May 14, 2014 at 8:29 am

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